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Time Resolved Photoluminescence (TRPL) measurements on the picosecond time scale (temporal resolution of 17 ps) on colloidal CdSe and CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dots (QDs) were performed, to elucidate the role of intrinsic and surface states on the emission process. Transient PL spectra reveal three emission peaks with different lifetimes (60 ps, 460 ps and 9–10 ns, from the bluest to the reddest peak). The energy separations among the states, together with their characteristic decay times, allow us to attribute the two higher energy peaks to±1 U and±1 L bright states of the fine structure picture of spherical CdSe QDs, and the third one to surface states emission, respectively. We show that the contribution of surface emission to the PL results to be different for the two samples studied (67% in the CdSe QDs and 32% in CdSe/ZnS QDs), confirming the decisive role of the ZnS shell in the improvement of the …
Academic Press
Publication date: 
1 May 2008

G Morello, M Anni, PD Cozzoli, L Manna, R Cingolani, M De Giorgi

Biblio References: 
Volume: 43 Issue: 5-6 Pages: 528-531
Superlattices and Microstructures